We are always on hand and happy to answer any questions you might have before deciding whether or not to adopt a cat or kitten from Yorkshire Cat Rescue. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions…
Q: What if I live in a flat or near a very busy main road?
We would ask you to adopt a cat which is not used to going outside or which has shown a marked preference for staying indoors. We would not normally consider as suitable a cat which has been allowed to roam freely (although we may revise this for cats with certain medical conditions which make them vulnerable or a threat to other cats and who will in future require an indoor home).
Q: Can I adopt a cat if I work full time?
Yes. Most cats will spend over three quarters of their day asleep. We would expect you to provide indoor shelter for your cat and in most cases easy access to the outside (eg a cat flap), although for some cats these conditions may not apply.
Q: Have the cats had any medical treatment whilst at Yorkshire Cat Rescue?
Usually yes. All cats are neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for worms and treated for fleas. We also check their teeth and have any necessary dental work undertaken. If the cat is suffering from any other condition we will treat this. In some cases we will rehome the cat with appropriate medication; in other cases the cat will stay with us until the treatment is completed. We will tell you about any treatment that the cat has had.
Q: Will I get any help with vet bills?
In some cases we will pay all or some of the vet bills that a cat incurs. This will generally be for elderly cats or cats we rehome suffering from chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or hyperthyroidism. We rarely pay for routine treatment such as flea and worm treatment or vaccinations. Each cat qualifying for assistance with vet bills is dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and we will discuss the treatment at the time you come to adopt the cat.
Q: Do I have to pay for the cat?
Yes. We charge a fee to help offset some of our veterinary costs. Our current fees (2016/17) are £85 for kittens and £80 for adult cats. We may – at our discretion – charge a lower amount or reduce the total if you are adopting a bonded pair. For pedigree cats we generally charge the current market rate. The fee is less than it costs us, and significantly less than it would cost you if you were to take the cat to the vet yourself to have the same treatment done independently. We appreciate any additional donation you are able to make over and above the fee charged.